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2005-2006 Holiday Movie Guide
Spend the Holidays at the Movies—Theatrical Releases & DVDs!

Chicken Little
Release date: November 4, 2005
Stars (Voices): Zack Braff, Joan Cusack
Plot: The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Based on the classic fairy tale, this animated film takes it even further. Chicken Little mistakes a falling acorn that lands on his head for the sky falling and starts wholesale panic. Just as he is beginning to make amends, a real disaster happens and Chicken Little and his pals have to save the world.
Buena Vista (G)

Bee Season
Release date:
November 11, 2005
Stars: Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross
Plot: Eleven-year-old Eliza Naumann finds herself a spelling bee champ. But as she competes to attend the National Spelling Bee, her family starts having problems.
Fox Searchlight (PG-13)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Release date: November 18, 2005
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Plot: This film is based on the fourth book of the Harry Potter series. This time the Hogwarts three (Harry, Hermione, and Ron) attend the Quidditch World Cup right before they go back to school for their fourth year. Back at school, Harry finds out that he will represent Hogwarts in the Triwizard Tournament. Unfortunately Voldemort and his Death Eaters are gaining power and strength and Harry meets challenges he never imagined.
Warner Bros. (PG-13)

Pride & Prejudice
Release date: November 18, 2005
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Talulah Riley, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan, Simon Woods
Plot: This film is based on the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. Five sisters—Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia Bennet—deal with the traditions, gossip, and social prejudices of Georgian England when they meet two eligible and attractive young men.
Focus Features (PG)

Yours, Mine and Ours
Release date: November 23, 2005
Stars: Drake Bell, Danielle Panabaker, Little JJ, Amber Tamblyn, George Lopez, Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo
Plot: A remake of a classic 1968 comedy of the same name, which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. This time Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo fall in love, marry, and join their two families—a total of 18 kids! Then the fun begins!
Paramount (PG)

Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Release date: December 9, 2005
Stars: Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell
Plot: Based on the classic C.S. Lewis novel, this film centers around four children who live in London during World War II. To protect them from the dangers of war, their parents send them to their professor's country home. In the amazing house, they find a magical wardrobe. When they open the door, they are introduced to the land of Narnia. But Narnia is in the middle of conflict too—an evil witch rules and the children must team up with Aslan, the Lion God of Narnia, to defeat her.
Universal (PG)

Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Release date: December 21, 2005
Stars: Hilary Duff, Tom Welling, Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy
Plot: The sequel to the hit Cheaper by the Dozen, this film takes the Baker clan on vacation. While trying to have quality time, the Bakers find themselves butting heads with a family with eight children, whose dad is played by funnyman Eugene Levy.
Buena Vista (PG)

Hoodwinked: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Release date: December 25, 2005
Stars (Voices): Anne Hathaway, Patrick Warburton, Sally Struthers, James Belushi
Plot: Another classic fairy tale for the Holiday season—but this animated version of Red Riding Hood is a bit topsy-turvy. Bears, raccoons, and other furry friends take on starring roles as they investigate the domestic disturbance at Granny's house in the woods. The charges include "breaking and entering" and "intent to eat," and in the end they might discover the identity of the Goody Bandit!
WeinsteinCo (PG)

Glory Road
Release date:
January 13, 2006
Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke
Based on the 1966 true story of the basketball coach of Texas Western University, Don Haskins. His team had the first all-African-American starting lineup, which broke the color barrier in collegiate sports. They ended up as the NCAA national champs.
Buena Vista Pictures (PG)

Release date:
January 27, 2006
Stars: James Franco, Jordana Brewster
Set at the Naval Academy located in Annapolis, Maryland, the story centers on the boxing team and a teen who comes from humble beginnings but dreams of becoming a cadet.
Buena Vista Pictures (PG-13)

Nanny McPhee
Release date:
January 27, 2006
Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Jennifer Rae Daykin, Raphael Coleman, Eliza Bennett, Thomas Sangster, Sam Honywood, Holly Gibbs
Based on the Nurse Matilda books, Nanny McPhee is about an English governess who has to deal with a family of unruly kids. Luckily, Nanny McPhee has magical powers!
Universal (PG)

November, December, January DVDs
Settle in and get ready for great at-home viewing!

Release date: November 1, 2005
Stars: Kolade Agboke, Alex Etel, Alun Armstrong, Enzo Cilenti
Plot: Two young boys come across the loot from a bank robbery, but have only a week to spend it before the UK switches to the euro.
Fox Home Entertainment (PG-13)

12 Dogs of Christmas
Release date: November 1, 2005
Stars: Jordan-Claire Green, Alisha Mullally, Jim Jackman
Plot: Based on a book written by producer Ken Kragen's daughter, Emma, when she was 7 years old, this film is about 12-year-old Emma O'Conner, who finds herself living with an aunt in a new town. She becomes involved in the middle of a "dog fight" with the mayor of the town and the dogcatcher. In order to strike down their "no-dog" law, Emma must bring together a group of schoolmates, grown-ups, and adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (G)

Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith
Release date: November 2, 2005
Stars: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Christopher Lee, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, Ahmed Best
Plot: The sixth and final chapter of the legendary sci-fi series is being called the best movie by producer/director/writer George Lucas. Revenge of the Sith continues the story of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. It is three years later and the Clone Wars are coming to an end. In dramatic tones, this movie answers all the questions raised in the earlier films and takes you on an adventure ride you will never forget!
Fox Home Entertainment (PG)

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Release date: November 8, 2005
Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore
Plot: Based on the classic book Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, this movie centers around Charlie Bucket—his family is so poor that they can't even afford the chocolate he usually dreams about! Willy Wonka, the head of the Wonka Chocolate empire, announces a contest: five gold tickets have been hidden in chocolate bars and sent throughout the country. The kids who find the tickets will be taken on an up-close-and-personal tour of Wonka's chocolate factory. Charlie miraculously finds a ticket, along with four other children much naughtier than him. The tour of the factory will hold more than a few surprises for this bunch...
This two-disc Deluxe Edition includes featurettes of the making of the film, "Attack of the Squirrels" where you see how the squirrels were trained for the film, "Under the Wrapper" where you see the special effects created; and more!
Warner Home Video (PG 13)

Miracle's Boys
Release date: November 8, 2005
Stars: Sean Nelson, Pooch Hall, Julito McCullum, Jorge Posada
Plot: Based on the award-winning novel by Jacqueline Woodson, Miracle's Boys revolves around three half-Latino, half-African American teenage brothers living in New York and their struggles to hold their family together. Their mother, Miracle, has passed away, and the middle boy, Charlie, has just returned home from a Juvenile Detention Center. His older brother Ty'ree must act as father and his younger brother, Lafayette must not follow in his footsteps. Miracle's Boys originally ran on The N TV network.
Paramount Home Entertainment (not rated)

Jumanji Deluxe Edition
Release date: November 8, 2005
Stars: Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, David Alan Grier
Plot: The amazing tale of Alan Parrish (Williams), who, as a boy, gets transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji while playing the magical board game. Trapped for 26 years, he's freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan reunites with his childhood sweetheart and together with the two children tries to outwit the game's powerful and dangerous forces.
Bonus Features include "Secrets and Riddles: The Jumanji Survival Game", "The Extreme Book of Nature", the "Making of" documentary and much more.
Sony Home Pictures Entertainment (PG)

Release date: November 15, 2005
Stars (Voices>: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith
Plot: Alex the Lion (Stiller) is the king of the urban jungle as the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends, Marty the Zebra (Rock), Melman the Giraffe (Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippo (Pinkett Smith), have lived their entire lives as the pampered guests of the zoo. Their every wish is fulfilled, but Marty begins to yearn for the wild—which to him is Connecticut! On the night of his 10th birthday, Marty follows the trouble-making penguins as they make a break for it. When Marty's friends try to rescue them, they find that the citizens of New York think they all should be freed and they are put on a ship headed toward Africa. During the voyage, the penguins sabotage the ship and all the animals find themselves washed up on the shores of Madagascar! There these New York City natives have to learn how to survive in "the jungle out there"!
The DVD includes great fun features such as commentary from the penguins, filmmaker commentary, bloopers, and a travel log to Madagascar!
DreamWorks Home Entertainment (G)

Cheaper By The Dozen Baker's Dozen Edition
Release date: November 15, 2005
Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Tom Welling, Ashton Kutcher
Plot: Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt are the parents of 12 children ranging in age from infant to teens. The family has just relocated to a new home and new town and they face the growing pains of setting down new roots.
The DVD includes 13 special features including deleted scenes and four new featurettes.
Fox Home Entertainment (PG)

The Polar Express Special Edition
Release date: November 22, 2005
Stars (Voices): Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara
Plot: Based on the popular children's book, this film tries to answer the question, "Does Santa Claus Exist?" For one doubting boy, an astonishing event occurs. It's Christmas Eve night and he lies in bed hoping to hear Santa's sleigh bells as he parks on the boy's roof. Instead the boy hears a steam engine roar and whistle outside his window. The conductor (voice of Tom Hanks) invites him on board along with dozens of other children and they take an amazing journey to the North Pole. There, the boys find the truth about Santa—and the joy only a true believer can experience.
The two-disc DVD includes "A Genuine Ticket to Ride: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets;" a sdisscusion bythe book's author Chris Van Allsburg, on how he got the idea for the book; THQ Polar Express Game Demo, and more!
Warner Home Video (G)

March of the Penguins
Release date: November 29, 2005
Narrator: Morgan Freeman
An amazing, awe-inspiring, true-life tale touched with humor and thrills. The breathtaking photography captures the love of parent penguins that, in the face of the fierce polar winter, take turns guarding their egg and trekking to the ocean in search of food. Predators hunt them, and storms lash them, but the safety of their adorable, fuzzy chicks makes it all worthwhile.
The DVD includes special features such as a full-length documentary, "Of Penguins and Men"; "Crittercam: Emperor Penguins", a firsthand underwater look at penguin behavior; and more.
Warner Home Video/ National Geographic (G)

Sky High
Release date: November 29, 2005
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker
Plot: Sky High is the only school for kids with superhuman powers trying to identify and control their crime-fighting identities. At Sky High, the kids are divided into "heroes" and "sidekicks" instead of "jocks" and "geeks." This year's class features some of the best, brightest and most powerfully gifted super-teens ever assembled. And then there's Will Stronghold (Angarano). He's the son of the legendary superheroes, The Commander (Russell) and Jetstream (Preston). The problem is that Will has no superpowers of his own, and finds himself included in the list of "sidekicks." As he tries to find his way into the ranks of "heros," Will learns lessons of loyalty and love, and earns lots of laughs!
Walt Disney Home Entertainment (PG)

Fantastic Four
Release date: December 6, 2005
Stars: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon
Plot: An experimental space voyage goes awry and four astronauts are affected by cosmic rays. Reed Richards (Gruffudd), is an inventor and leader of the group—he becomes Mr. Fantastic with the ability to stretch his body and limbs. His girlfriend, Sue Storm (Alba), becomes the Invisible Woman because she can become invisible and create force fields. Her younger brother Johnny Storm (Evans) becomes the Human Torch, and he can control fire, even turning his own body into a flame. Pilot Ben Grimm (Chiklis) is Thing, and he has turned into a super-strong rock creature. Together they use their unique powers to fight evil and foil the terrible plans of Doctor Doom (McMahon).
Extras include deleted scenes, Fantastic Four casting sessions; music videos of "Everything Burns," "Come On Come In," and more.
FOX Home Entertainment (PG 13)

Release Date: December 13, 2005
Stars (Voices): Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Hugh Laurie, John Cleese, John Hurt
Plot: The comedy is about a lowly pigeon named Valiant, who overcomes his small size to become a hero in Great Britain's Royal Homing Pigeon Service during World War II. The RHPS advanced the Allied cause by flying vital messages about enemy movements across the English Channel, while evading brutal attacks by the enemy's Falcon Brigade.
Walt Disney Home Entertainment (G)

Bad News Bears Special Collector's Edition
Release Date: December 13, 2005
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kraft, Ridge Canipe, Timmy Deters, Carter Jenkins, Brandon Craggs. Jeff Davies, Seth Adkins, Tyler Patrick Jones, Jeffrey Tedmori, Troy Gentile
Plot: This film is a remake of the popular 1976 film of the same name. A grizzled little league coach (Billy Bob Thornton) tries to turn his team of misfits into champs. Along the way, the kids affect the coach as much as he does them!
Paramount Home Entertainment (PG)

And for your little brothers and sisters. . .

The 3 Wise Men
Release date: November 1
Screen Media

More . . .
Tales From Avonlea: The Complete First Season
Release date: November 8
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Five Mile Creek: The Complete First Season
Release date: November 8
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

What's New Scooby-Doo? Vol. 7: Ghosts On The Go!
Release date: November 8
Warner Home Video

The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Fun With The Cat
Release date: November 15
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment